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Janet Walmsley and Jenny Story Feb 03, 2022 7:30 AM
Autism and Overcoming Adversity Through Positivity.

Our speakers, Janet and daughter Jenny, are award-winning authors and actors with film production and animation backgrounds. Join us online to hear about their struggles and joys in the world of autism, writing and film-making. Janet was born and raised in Manitoba. She was a dental assistant and hygienist for 27 years and then switched over to a company marketing position. Later in life, she became a Professional Working Actor, Talent Scout, Acting Teacher and Coach. She won various awards for comedy, creativity and advocacy. Janet is an advocate for shining a positive light for Autism, as her daughter, Jenny was diagnosed with it. This prompted her to write a book, “The Autistic Author and Animator”, about Jenny’s journey, through her eyes. Janet is also a 7 year Breast Cancer Survivor, so is an advocate for this as well. Jenny is a Best Selling and Award-Winning Author of her YA Fantasy Fiction Trilogy book, “Dysnomia”. Books one and two are published and getting a good following. She is working on the third book in the series. Jenny won a Literary Award at the World of Autism Festival and just recently won the Autism BC Self Advocate of the Year Award. Jenny also had a documentary film done by Telus Optik TV about her journey with Autism Despite being diagnosed with Autism; Jenny has always remained focused on pursuing her dreams and is passionate about inspiring others to do the same.